"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Ravn M. D., Michael who has been practicing medicine at Merrill for over 20 years, was born at Laerdal, Norway, Aug. 13, 1852. His father was Jan Henrik HANSEN and his mother Ingeborg Marie LARSEN; the father was a merchant and agricultural operator, owning three farms besides his store and other extensive interests in the village in which he lived. Michael RAVN studies under private tutorship until he was 12 years old and then for seven years attended latin school at Bergen. At the age of 19 he entered the university at Christiania, taking the philosophical course, and in 1873 he began his studies in the medical department of the university, being graduated with the degree of M. D. in December, 1880. During his work at college he attended the government hospital at Christiania, as practitioner, which work formed a part of the course, all students being obliged to hold a certificate of hospital service before being granted a diploma. During his last year in the university he served in that hospital as interne. After his graduation Dr. RAVN first established himself in practice at Sogndal, Sogn, but after having been there six months he came to America in the summer of 1881 and located in Scandinavia, Waupaca County, Wis., where he practiced his profession subsequently until the month of August, 1900. In May of that year he had purchased the hopital building in Merrill, and in August he came here to take over the operation of the place. He remodeled the institution completely and furnished it throughout with the latest developments in medical and hospital apparatus, to which he subsequently added as new progress was made in the medical profession and new apparatus developed; and he continued as its proprietor and head until June 9, 1923, when he gave up its operation, though he still retains his office in the building, which is located at No. 708 Second Street. In knowledge of his profession Dr. RAVN has kept well up with the times, being a constant and earnest student. In 1893 he went to Europe and take post-graduate work in surgery, gynecology, and general practice, returning in 1894; during that period he studied in Berlin, Paris, Keil, Hamburg and Copenhagen. He stands well up in the practice of both medicine and surgery and his reputation has spread throughout this section of the state. Dr. RAVN was married Dec. 27, 1883, to Valborg HOEGH of La Crosse, Wis. She passed away Dec. 20, 1904, having been the mother of five children, namely: Bjarne, Agnes, Einar, Signe, and Erling Oscar, whose further record is as follows: (1) Bjarne, born Nov. 25, 1884, was graduated form the Merrill High School, subsequently took a two years' course in the University of Wisconsin and a four years' course at the Northwestern Medical College, and is now practicing medicine in Minneapolis. He married Myrtle FROGNER and they have an adopted child, Ruth Jane. (2). Agnes, born Feb. 6, 1886, is now Mrs. Olai BACHE-WING, and resides with her husband at Mosinee, Wis., where he is manager for the Sulphate Fibre Mills Co. He is now building a large dam and mill at Tomahawk for the Tomahawk Kraft Paper Co., of which he is president. They have four children, Lars, Ellen, Robert, and Theodore. (3). Einar, born Feb. 27, 1888, died May 20, 1891. (4). Signe, born Dec. 13, 1889, and is now Mrs. John BACHE-WING of Los Angeles, Calif. Previous to her marriage she practiced for some time as a trained nurse; she studied for one year in the University of Wisconsin, for two years in Switzerland, and for one year in Chrisitania, Norway, after which she took training in nursing at St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago. (5). Erling Oscar, born Sept. 5, 1892, is associated in practice with his father, having taken his S. B. degree at the University of Wisconsin and completed his medical studies at the Northwestern Medical Hospital, Chicago. Both Bjarne and Erling enlisted as first lieutenants in the medical corps of the arm during the World War. Bjarne entered the service in the summer of 1918 and after a short time at a training school was sent to Fort Ogelthorpe, Ga., form which place he was scheduled to sail for France on Nov. 13. The signing of the armistice two days before that date, however, caused his orders to be cancelled and he received an honorable discharge a short time later. Erling entered the service May 16, 1917, and two days later sailed from New York for overseas. Upon his arrival in Europe he was assigned to Base Hospital No. 12 and attached to the British forces; later he was transferred to general hospital service in France, in which he served until March 8, 1919. He was commissioned a captain on Feb. 12, 1919. He sailed for the United States on March 29, 1919, and after being discharged in this country he arrived home April 29, 1919. Dr. Michael RAVN was married secondly, July 18, 1906, to Ingeborg Amalia HOEGH of Spring Grove, Minn., niece of the first Mrs. RAVN. Of this union there is one child, Valborg Marie, born Dec. 4, 1908, who is now a junior in the Merrill High School.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 697-698; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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